Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opened on Friday and is a definite must-see. The film, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, tells the story of how different people react in an apocalyptic scenario. The results range from the hilarious to the tragic, which leads to the following prompt: A meteor is racing towards Earth and you have three weeks left to live. How do you choose to spend that time?
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star as Dodge Petersen and Penny, strangers who have lived in the same apartment building for years and have only just decided to get to know each other. Penny, a free spirited and slightly unstable young woman, takes it upon herself to lead Dodge, a numb and lonely man with nothing but regrets, on a road trip, along with an abandoned dog named Sorry, to find his high school sweetheart, Olivia, before the end of the world, with the hopes that Dodge will return the favor and find a way to get to her family across the ocean.
It was refreshing to see Carell in this type of tranquil role. He certainly proved that he has the talent to portray a dramatic character as well as the comedic roles that made his career. However, it was Knightley’s breath-taking performance that will really move the viewers. Her acting was honest and soulful. She opened up to the audience in a way that really allowed for them to feel for her.
This film will intrigue audiences from the beginning. It takes a dramatic situation, like Armageddon, and gives it a dark humor and a truthful study. The end of the world has been the subject of a lot of talk recently, but this film takes a unique approach and gives almost a feeling of optimism to something quite terrifying. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World has nothing but heart and will make you leave the theatre seeing things a bit differently. Overall, it’s a very inspirational film that still somehow manages to be entertaining, a very rare feat to accomplish.